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Mosh Pit

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  192 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Juliet meets her Juliets in this raw look at punk, young love and the sometimes cloudy road to adulthood. Mosh Pit, a compelling story of rebel girls in the modern city, stars Simone - torn between her loyalty to her rebellious heart - throb Cherry and her feelings for Carol, streetwise and distant enough to be alluring. This edgy young adult novel takes Simone through the ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Red Deer Press (first published October 5th 2004)
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There's a lot of things one could call Mosh Pit; traditional publishers and authors might call it terrible, might call it disgusting and vulgar and inappropriate. Luckily, I am not a traditional publisher/author. I am a teen and, as a teen, Mosh Pit was probably the most honest novel I have ever read.

Simone's voice is completely raw, stripped of worldly description, stripped of traditional 'teen angst'--she is a character all her own, completely believable in her honesty, her vulnerability, and
I positively adored this book.

Not recommended for the faint of heart, this book is full of drug use, profanity, and sexual references. If you don't mind all that (like me), then I cannot recommend it enough.

The book follows the story of lesbian protagonist Simone and her "best friend" Cherry, into a Gothic/Punk world of heavy metal, moshing, and crime. Simone's feelings haven't always been innocent towards Cherry, and Cherry uses this to manipulate her. Cherry gets swept up with a shady young ma
Kristyn Dunnion's "Mosh Pit" is a book that grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go until it drags you to the deepest part of Hell. Not that that's entirely a bad thing, though. I guess it just depends on what you can take.

Sixteen-year-old punk lesbian Simone follows her love interest Cherry to nightclubs and punk rock shows. From the very beginning, however, the book establishes that Cherry isn't really interested in Simone--in fact, she basically doesn't care about anyone other than hers
A novel of teens on the margins. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the main character, Simone. She's a sixteen-year-old punk lesbian who's in love with her best friend, Cherry. Cherry probably isn't into Simone, but likes to toy with her -- it seems that they at one time may have had a better friendship, but at this point Cherry mostly seems to hang out with Simone because it's good for her ego. At first I was bothered by Simone because she lets Cherry talk her into a lot of stupid stuff, ...more
Sassafras Lowrey
one of my FAVORITE books - brilliant portrayal of queer punks
Ashley Howd
Read it in 8th grade at the same time I was reading The Outsiders and That Was Then, This Is Now, together they changed not only my own life, but that of my friends. It helped me realize a lot of the things that were going on in my life that i'd just never noticed. Brilliantly written, it was hard to put down.
Jul 23, 2013 Cece rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any one really, I think it can be enjoyed on a multitude of levels.
Recommended to Cece by: I found the book on Amazon.
I immediately fell in love with this book the moment I set eyes on the synopsis.
This book reached deep into my mind and pulled out my thoughts and made them into a character many people can definitely relate too.
I really really enjoyed this book and have also written to the author, who is actually very down to earth and responsive.
To write a review for this book, I can only think of one word that cannot be translated into English.

Saudade (Portuguese): The feeling of longing for someone that you love and is lost. Another linguist describes it as a "vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist."
I read this for my daughter who LOVES it and has read it many times. Perhaps you need to be a teen to enjoy it? Its a snapshot of the gritty side of growing up as a disadvantaged teen on the streets of Toronto. It wasn't bad, just wasn't my kinda thing.
this book was major to me through much of my teen years. it was an integral part of my coming out process. i would only really recommend it to a certain audience, but it was really captivating in my opinion.
Aug 21, 2007 icebox rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lesbians/bisexuals or anybody interested or okay with the gay community
This book was extemely fucked up. Lot's of the stuff in it i have experienced myself so it brought back a lot of harsh situations. It was truely an amazing book though. Very quick read.
Mar 17, 2008 Daina rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
This is such a trainwreck of a book that I feel embarrassed for both the author and publisher. However, it is super-trashy and YA so Julie might like it.
This was an amazing work of fiction and I was lucky enough to grace the cover. A coming of age story queer punk style. Kristyn is my heroine!
Kristyn writes like a teen angel from the streets. very punk and very girl, both of which appeal in unusual and original ways.
Leah Horlick
Trashy, honest, heartfelt, delightful. Extra gay brownie points for strong transgender and sex worker characters!
Barbara Griffin
This was a good book because of it lesson, a hardcore go ask alice type of book.
Meh. Wouldn't recommend it, wouldn't read it again.
Re-reading an old favourite.
Punk, Queer YA novel.
Ceth Légère
Amazing book. Basically my favourite. Ever.
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Kristyn Dunnion's academic pedigree is matched only by her punk credentials. She studied English and Theatre at McGill and holds a Masters in English. She's also the bass player for a dykemetal band called Heavy Filth and is known to host burlesque parties and drag king shows.

She currently lives in Toronto.
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